After a hectic month that’s seen the official cancellation of Harvest Festival before announcing that he had bought into the Big Day Out, festival promoter AJ Maddah is set to have a busy couple of weeks ahead.
The headline sideshows that will replace Harvest 2013 are announced later today, while the second Vans Warped Tour 2013 lineup announcement is just around the corner, and now some new information on the Soundwave 2014 lineup has surfaced before the official reveal of a second round of bands for the bill in “early October.”
As previously reported, the second Soundwave 2014 lineup announcement will add “20 bands” in the words of Maddah, including a third headliner to join Green Day and Avenged Sevenfold in heading the bill. There’s a chance that Iron Maiden could be the third headliner, with Maddah in talks with the band since July about a possible Australian visit from the metal legends.
The second lineup will likely feature a host of Australian bands that will play selective legs of the hard and heavy festival in each capital city. Melbourne thrash metal outfit King Parrot are one such act, who have been locked in for an appearance at the Melbourne leg of Soundwave, while Maddah has promised to try and arrange additional shows for the septet.
The addition came about – as most things Maddah-related do – on the promoter’s fertile twitter page, where a fan asked if the Soundwave boss would consider adding the group, to which he replied “if they want it.” King Parrot did and the rest was a done deal.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) September 23, 2013
Also on the local front, both Newcastle ska band The Porkers and raucous Melbourne rockers The Bennies have yet to officially appear on the Soundwave 2014 lineup, despite both confirming their place on the tour ahead of the official lineup announcement.
Recent Poison City signees The Bennies confirmed to their Facebook fans they would “be playing Soundwave Festival in Melbourne early next year” back in August. Meanwhile, The Porkers also noted their involvement with the festival, with frontman Pete Porker, a friend of Maddah’s, reportedly smoothed things over with the Soundwave honcho after the group were initially dumped due to their management playing “hardball” in negotiations.
Looking internationally, another act that’s touted for the second Soundwave 2014 lineup announcement is heavy metal group Scar The Martyr, the side-project from Slipknot’s Joey Jordison that features former members of Strapping Young Lad and Darkest Hour.
The Slipknot drummer’s group will release a self-titled debut record next month, and Jordison “guaranteed” an Australian tour to support the release early next year, in a recent interview with Music Feeds. “We will make it down there and hopefully it will be around the beginning of the year,” says the Scar The Martyer ringleader. “We’re seeing what’s happening around [February]. We’re seeing what’s up. It’s nothing I can announce yet.”
Jordison has appeared on Soundwave Festival lineups in the past, including with Slipknot in 2012 and with Murderdolls in 2011.
Canadian metal act Anvil are taking a more direct approach, asking their fanbase to directly tweet at AJ Maddah to get the band a place on the Soundwave 2014 lineup, or at least an Australian tour via the promoter. An image on the band’s official Facebook page instructs their more than 95,000 followers to “demand him (Maddah) book Anvil”, as FasterLouder points out.
So far, the ‘campaign’ for the metal group, whose career gained a second lease of life since starring in the 2008 rockumentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, hasn’t drawn enough groundswell to gain Maddah’s attention… or even Anvils’ own fans, with only a handful of comments and shares on the post.
Other rumoured acts for the second Soundwave 2014 lineup announcement include Swedish glam metal outfit Crashdiet, who had let slip of their involvement way back in February but have yet to be announced, while the likes of Black Veil Brides and Dillinger Escape Plan, while other tweets from the promoter have put the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Panic! At The Disco in the mix also.
Expect to see funk metal eccentrics Primus and rock fusion group Mutemath on the bill, both acts originally on the Harvest 2013 lineup before Maddah made plans to shift the festival refugees to the Soundwave 2014 lineup.
There’s an outside chance that Good Charlotte could be on the second Soundwave 2014 lineup announcement too, with previous reports that Joel Madden was “hustling” to get the pop punks on the bill by rearranging his TV scheduling commitments for The Voice; when asked if the offer was genuine, Maddah replied simply “deadly serious.”
Soundwave 2014 Lineup
Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington)
Alice In Chains
Rocket From The Crypt
Five Finger Death Punch
August Burns Red
Motionless In White
Black Dahlia Murder
Pulled Apart By Horses
Bowling For Soup
The Story So Far
Our Last Night
+ more to be announced.
Soundwave 2014 Dates & Tickets
Saturday 22nd February – Brisbane, RNA Showgrounds
Sunday 23rd February – Sydney, Olympic Park
Friday 28th February – Melbourne, Flemington Racecourse
Saturday 1st March – Adelaide, Bonython Park
Monday 3rd March – Perth, Claremont Showgrounds